Boat Tip: Mate’s Combo Rod & Cup Holders

Mate’s Combo Rod & Cup Holders
Mate’s flush-mount Combo Rod & Cup Holders feature an opening big enough to secure a 12-ounce beverage can or bottle in a koozie. Remove the drink and it will become a heavy-duty rod holder for trolling or drift-fishing.Jim Hendricks

You can never have enough drink holders. The problem is finding a place to put them.

To the rescue come Mate’s Combo Rod & Cup Holders. These polished 316 stainless-steel gunwale rod holders (about $100) feature a mouth big enough to hold a beverage can or bottle in a koozie. Remove your drink, and you’ll see a rod tube underneath. Installation requires that you cut a larger hole than for a conventional ­gunwale rod holder, but these holders are easier to install, as you cut the hole straight down, not at an angle, with a hole saw. Choose between 0-, 15- and 30-­degree angled tubes, open at the bottom or with drain fittings.

Mate’s Combo Rod & Cup Holders
Mate’s flush-mount Combo Rod & Cup Holders feature an opening big enough to secure a 12-ounce beverage can or bottle in a koozie. Remove the drink and it will become a heavy-duty rod holder for trolling or drift-fishing.Jim Hendricks